Posts Tagged ‘drama’

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 29, 2014 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

EDSITEMent

Age Range: 5-18 (grades K-12 with parental supervision)

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan.  Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as:

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool.  Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including:

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often. 

Free Offline Math Games & Much More!

January 21st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, January 21, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

EllenMcHenry.com: Math (and much more)

Age Range: 5-16 (approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline. I’ve focused on math for this review. The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline.

The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry.  When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include:

*Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-8 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems. 

*Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 8-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.

*Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.” 

*Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-8 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets! 

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all!  Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Language Arts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • French and Latin

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Free DVDs from John Stossel!

September 13th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 13, 2012, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Stossel In The Classroom: Free DVD

Age Range: 11-18 (about middle school/high school with parental supervision)

“Stossel in the Classroom.” Sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials designed for use in the classroom to enhance the study of social sciences.  All you have to do is register (free), and agree to provide feedback once you’ve viewed the DVD – and the DVD will be mailed to your home or school address. There are also free, downloadable “Teacher Guides” for the DVDs at the website with lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.

A new DVD is produced each year and is free to teachers including home educators. Right now you can get TWO FREE DVDs: the 2013 edition, and the 2012 edition (while supplies last)! When you get to the site, you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register to receive the DVDs.

When you’re through registering, use the menu at the top of the page to access all of the free resources available. Watch free “Streaming Videos” from Stossel on thought-provoking topics. Past videos are archived at the site. You can also search the videos by subject including:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business   Chemistry
  • Civics
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Language Arts
  • Environmental Science   Government Law
  • Health
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Technology
  • US History
  • World History

Again, all of this is provided for FREE — they simply request that you provide feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

You can use John Stossel’s thought-provoking programs to launch lively discussions, question conventional wisdom, gather and analyze information, and distinguish between fact and opinion.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

 

Free Nature Science Activity Worksheets!

January 17th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, January 17, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
NatureDetective.org

Age Range: 5-11 (about grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This terrific United Kingdom nature education website offers a variety of free worksheets with activity ideas designed to inspire outdoor learning.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of nature activity worksheets that cover topics such as science, literacy, drama, numeracy, art, music, and more.  Simply click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can download and print the pdf file to do the activities off line.

Once you’ve checked out the worksheets poke around the rest of the site. You’ll find a paid subscription program for residents of the U.K, and some “Free Packs” for worldwide
visitors that teach kids about:

  • Winter
  • Minibeasts
  • Trees
  • Birds
  • Outdoor Play

And much more!  Click on any topic and a new page opens with details about what the pack contains. If you want the pack, simply sign up to have it emailed directly to your inbox. (You can read the privacy policy before you register.)

You’ll also find an assortment of free wildlife-based online games. Some are archived on the site, and some lead to other websites. Parents, as always, must preview these sites to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Overall you’ll find a lot of online and offline activities to encourage learning about natural sciences. 

 

Literacy Activities for Every Age

October 20th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, October 20, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
RIF: Literacy Resources – Activities

Age Range: 2-15 (with parental guidance)

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s non-profit reading organization in the world. Their goal is to motivate children and their families to read by providing free cross-curricular resources and activities that encourage reading.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction that explains the many activities available. Below it you can access free “Monthly Activity Calendars” for ages birth-5 and 6-15. These calendars are available in both English and Spanish and offer daily suggestions that encourage reading. They can be printed out and posted on the wall or fridge. 

You’ll also see “Story Samplers” that are free activity e-books that you can download and print to use offline.

Then, explore the menu that includes:

  • Alphabet Learning
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Drama
  • Games
  • History
  • Math
  • Poetry
  • Seasonal Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Writing
  • And Much More!

Click on any one and a new page opens with a selection of activities in English and/or Spanish.  (The appropriate age range is indicated next to the activity.)  Click on the activity and a new page opens with a materials list and instructions on how to conduct the activity. In some cases you’ll find free downloadable activity books that you can print out and use offline too.

You’ll also find that the menu gives you access to age-appropriate booklists, articles on every aspect of reading, downloadable brochures, and multicultural resources.

There is a great deal of content at this site so bookmark it to return again.

Free DVDs – Stossel in the Classroom

October 21st, 2009

Recommended Website:
Stossel In The Classroom

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school, high school, and college level)

A big THANK YOU to ClickScholar Nancy Hogan for recommending this website “Stossel in the Classroom.” Sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) it offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials, along with a teacher guide with lesson plans and ideas for complementary activities. A new DVD is produced each year and, along with the associated resources, is free to teachers (including home educators).

When you get to the site you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register (free) to get the new “2010 Edition” DVD, as well as an accompanying downloadable “Teacher’s Guide” containing lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary. Not only that, but past titles from previous years are available for free as well.

In addition to getting the free DVD and resources, you can use the menu at the top of the home page to watch a “Streaming Video” from Stossel on a thought-provoking topic. A new video is posted to the website each month and teacher resources are available too. Past videos are archived at the site covering a variety of categories including business, college, consumer issues, healthcare, law, privacy, and more. You can also search the videos by subject including:

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Civics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Language Arts
  • Government
  • Health
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • US History
  • World History
  • ~and much more!

Again, all of this is provided for FREE — they simply request that you send them your feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

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